Dina Ulyanova: "Our goal in Paris is to win an award"

16 April 2024 12:08
Dina Ulyanova: "Our goal in Paris is to win an award"

"I wouldn't call the tournament in Hong Kong the beginning of the road. It happened many years ago, when we fought in Hungary in our first tournament."

Idman.biz reports that this was said by Dina Ulyanova, the player of the Azerbaijan national team in the 3x3 type of basketball.

The national basketball player, who won a license for Paris-2024 at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Hong Kong, expressed his views on the success achieved at the welcoming ceremony of the team at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport: "There is no athlete who does not dream of the Olympic Games. Maybe you don't wake up every morning with the thought "tomorrow I'll go to the Olympics". But you work on yourself, you work together with the team. But this idea is always in your head. It's the same 10 years ago, and it's the same now.”

Dina emphasized the struggle of our team: "After the semi-final, I could not hold back my emotions. I always believed. But every meeting was tense. It was necessary to be constantly concentrated. They called us the most persistent team. Because sometimes it happened that everything seemed impossible, we lost with a score of 0:5 and the question arose as to how we would recover. But we were able to concentrate and leave the match victorious. After the final, after Alexandra Mollenhauer's winning shot, we felt absolutely 100 percent that we are going to the Olympic Games."

Ulyanova also announced her goal in Paris: "The 8 strongest teams in the world will play in Paris. Do not be complacent for a second. Now maybe we should feel and realize that we are going to win in Hong Kong. And then we have a lot of work to do. There will be the strongest teams in the world. You can't calm down. Everyone will fight for the victory podium. We want to win an award no less than anyone else. Our goal in Paris is to win an award."

The basketball player also revealed the main source of success: "You can't do something while not believing in success. Confidence is the main source of success. I have to believe in and love my work."